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42-5390

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/42; Salina 20/1/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-L] Molesworth 26/3/43; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is 25/6/43 with Joe Palmer, Co-pilot: Bob Sheldon, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elmer Duffy, Radio Operator: Edmund Gullage, Ball turret gunner: Burl Owen, Waist gunner: Norm Hornbacher, Waist gunner: Sam Holder (7 Killed in Action); Navigator: Claude Kieffer, togg-Sgt Leon Applequist,Tail gunner: Alva Hodges (3 Prisoner of War); crashed Bourgsweer, Groningen, Hol. No MACR. THE AVENGER.

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Aircraft

  • 42-5382 "The Witche's Tit"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/11/42; Berry 31/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-E] Molesworth 25/2/43; 15 x missions; Missing in Action Wangerooge Is, Holl. 25/6/43 with Dave Mack, Co-pilot: Ragnar Barhuag, Navigator: Roland Smith, Bombardier:...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Leonard Applequist

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425390 'The Avenger. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Elmer Duffey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group

  • Edmund Gullage

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425390 'The Avenger. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Alva Hodges

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425390 'The Avenger. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Samuel Holder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425390 'The Avenger. ' Killed in Action (KIA)

  • Norman Hornbacher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425390 'The Avenger. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Claude Kieffer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425390 'The Avenger. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Burl Owen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #42-5390 'The Avenger', Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Joseph Palmer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Joseph F Palmer was born on February 24, 1920. He had enlisted in the Army Air Forces. Served during World War II. He had the rank of First Lieutenant. Occupation or specialty was Pilot. Service number was 0-791142. Served with 360th Bomber Squadron,...

  • Robert Sheldon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 25 June 1943 in B-17 #425390 'The Avenger. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 50

    5 April 1943
    The industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is the primary target of this mission. More specifically the Erla aircraft and engine factories are the highest priority. 79 B-17s are depatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (21); 305BG (18); 306BG (20). 64 of the 79 are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 51

    16 April 1943
    The German U-Boat threat to Allied ship convoys and the destruction of the harbour facilities supporting that capability are the number 1 priority of the Combined Bomber Offensive. Thus, the U-boat pens at Lorient, France and the harbour facilities at...

  • VIII Bomber Command 52

    17 April 1943
    The largest mission to date, 117 B-17s, are despatched to bomb the primary target of the Focke-Wulf Aircraft factory at Bremen, Germany: 91BG (32); 303BG (29); 305BG (28) and 306BG (26). The German Luftwaffe is learning fast and mounts a fierce and...

  • VIII Bomber Command 53

    1 May 1943
    The U-boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the primary target. 78 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (19); 305BG (21); 306BG (18). Poor weather frustrates the bombing effort and only 29 of the 78 despatched are effective on the target. The ordnance...

  • VIII Bomber Command 54

    4 May 1943
    The Ford and General Motors vehicle plants at Antwerp, Belgium are the primary target for this mission. 79-B-17 are despatched 91BG (25); 303BG (27) and 305BG (27). 65 0f the 79 despatched are effective on the target. There is moderate flak and fighter...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 66

    23 June 1943
    A combined force of 172 B-17s is despatched from 91BG (13); 92BG (14); 303BG (22); 305BG (21); 306BG (22); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (22); and 384BG (18). Also 8 YB-40 gunships from 92BG are interspersed in the formation. The intention was for 140...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

Places

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Borgsweer, Groningen, Netherlands 25 June 1943

Enemy fighters caused the ship to crash in the vicinity of Borgsweer, Netherlands. Seven crew members were killed in action, with the other four taken prisoner. On this mission, the 11th crewman was a photographer, Sgt. James Stringer.

No MACR exists for the two planes lost this mission.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2020 02:11:04 CastleBren Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

303rd Bomb Group records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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